Iona Ellen Wharton

Iona E. Wharton, 95, Minot, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in a Minot hospital.

Iona was born Nov. 17, 1918, in Des Lacs, to LeRoy E. and Grace (Williams) Shaffer. She was raised on the farm near Des Lacs and graduated from Des Lacs High School in 1936.

Iona attended beauty school in Minot, which led to her position at Goldies in Minot for a number of years.

She was united in marriage to Richard Wharton on Aug. 31, 1942, in Glasgow, Mont. They lived in Minot and were blessed with four children, whom she took pride in raising. After her children were grown, Iona returned to the beauty shop in 1967, working for 15 years at the Lutheran Home until retiring in 1982. Winter months were spent in Mesa, Ariz. Richard died on Jan. 17, 1984.

Iona was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Minot. She was active in the Ladies’ Circle, taught Sunday school and was willing to help wherever needed at the church. She was also a member of the Floral Rebekah Lodge and Moose Lodge in Minot and participated in bowling leagues for a number of years. She also enjoyed fishing. Iona and Richard loved to dance and were often found at square and round dances throughout the area.

Her loving family includes: her children, Mona Wilder, Minot, Richard (Susan) Wharton, Black Diamond, Wash., Ronald (Thalia) Wharton, Minot, and Janis (Greg) Engberg, Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alta Larson and Dorothy Teets, both of Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Iona was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Richard; and sister, Gladys Shaffer.

Funeral Service: Friday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m., in First Presbyterian Church, Minot.

Interment: Rolling Green Cemetery, Des Lacs.

Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

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